Vision Summit: Competitions

There are three phases to our competitions.
1. Open call for competitors. 
2. Sub-finalists receive remote pitch coaching by experts. 
3. A selection of finalists are invited to compete on stage in front the audience and judges.


Entrepreneurial Computer
Vision Challenge

Face off against your fellow Computer Vision and Machine Learning colleagues for a chance to present your solutions to ~600 top industry VCs, media executives and companies recruiting.  

We are excited to showcase students, hackers, PhD's or professors who are working on computer vision, machine learning and artificial intelligence projects analyzing any type of visual data. 

About 20 sub-finalists will receive coaching from Evan Nisselson. Sub-finalists will have in person judging/mentoring before the Summit. Finalists will be invited to have the opportunity to present on stage at the LDV Summit
in front of the audience and judges.

























Application Deadline: March 25, 2018
23:59 EST]


- Jan Erik Solem, CEO of Mapillary
- Rebecca Kaden, General Partner at Union Square Ventures
- Jenny Lefcourt, Partner at Freestyle Capital
- Serge Belongie, Professor at Cornell Tech

- Evan Nisselson, General Partner at LDV Capital

[more added soon...]


Startup Competition

Are you one of the most promising visual technology companies with less than $2M in funding

Examples: businesses empowering photography, videography, medical imaging, analytics, robotics, satellite imaging, augmented reality, virtual reality, autonomous cars, media and entertainment, gesture recognition, search, advertising, cameras, e-commerce, sentiment analysis, and much more.

Compete for limited presentation slots in front of ~600  attendees including media/brand/tech execs, startups and investors.   

About 20 sub-finalists will receive coaching from Evan Nisselson along with other experts. Sub-finalists will have in person judging/mentoring before the Summit.  Finalists will be invited to present on stage at the LDV Vision Summit in front of the audience and judges.

Application Deadline: March 25, 2018
[23:59 EST]






"I've never seen a conference like this - you have pure computer vision conferences like CVPR or ICCV or you have GTC-type conferences that are based on one company's resources.  This is an interesting mix of something computer vision and entrepreneurial - it is very unique in that sense, I have never seen anything like it before. It is a lot of fun."
-Timnit Gebru, 2017 ECVC Winner

Presenting at the ECVC last year gave me was how I came into contact with my current team at Facebook.” -Divyaa Ravichandran, 2016 ECVC Finalist

The most valuable part of the Vision Summit was connecting with three different companies potentially interested in building on our technology, and with four different potential investors/advisors.
-Sean Bell, CEO & Co-founder of GrokStyle, 2016 ECVC Winner


"LDV is a really interesting intersection of technologists, researchers, large tech companies, investors and entrepreneurs. There is nothing else like this out there. People are very open to sharing and helping the community advance together."
- Jameson Detweiler, Co-Founder & CEO of Fantasmo, 2017 Startup Winner

"If you work in visual tech, you simply can't afford to miss the LDV Summit – it's a two-day power punch of engaging talks and wicked smart attendees."
Rosanna Myers, Co-Founder & CEO of Carbon Robotics, 2016 Startup Winner


It was a pleasure judging at the summit, really innovative companies.
— Erik Nordlander, Google Ventures
You do not disappoint. It was truly an honor to participate in the startup competition and to receive the mentoring. I’m sure this will be just a first of a long run of annual LDV Summits.
— Barbara Tien, Ponga, Co-Founder & CEO
I found a great job at Clarifai from meeting the Founder at the last Vision Summit - very happy!
— Genevieve Patterson, Computer Vision PhD Candidate Dartmouth
Very happy I competed in the LDV Vision Summit Computer Vision Challenges. I am actually collaborating with one contact from the Summit on a Shoe Recognition App. I am speaking with another person from the Summit to collaborate on new business leveraging image processing!
— Ankit Sharma, Computer Vision Graduate, U. Florida